Guzman and Hoes key to Astros' 6-2 victory
April 3, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
HOUSTON -- Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes homered off CC Sabathia to help the Houston Astros roll to a 6-2 win Tuesday in the first game of Derek Jeter's farewell tour with the New York Yankees.
Jeter's final big league season began by being plunked on the left arm by Scott Feldman. The 13-time All-Star went 1 for 3 with a single.
Jeter, who has won five World Series with New York, announced in February that his 20th season would be his last.
The Astros added Dexter Fowler and Scott Feldman to improve a team coming off three straight 100-loss seasons. On the first day, it worked.
Fowler had two doubles as Houston jumped on Sabathia (0-1) for six runs in the first two innings. Feldman allowed two hits in 6 2-3 innings in his Houston debut after signing a three-year, US$30 million contract.
Blue Jays 4, Rays 2 Drew Hutchison won his first start in almost two years and Adam Lind homered for the visiting Blue Jays.
Hutchison (1-0) allowed three hits and walked three over 5 1-3 shutout innings in his first big league game since June 15, 2012. The right-hander had elbow ligament replacement surgery in August 2012.
Lind hit a three-run homer in the first off Alex Cobb (0-1). He sent a 3-1 pitch over the center-field fence.
Rangers 3, Phillies 2 Adrian Beltre singled home Shin-Soo Choo with the winning run in the ninth inning as the Rangers saved a run on a successful replay challenge.
Choo, who also scored the tying run in the seventh, reached base for the fourth time on a walk to start the ninth against Mario Hollands (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
After Elvis Andrus' sacrifice and a walk to Prince Fielder, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg went to right-hander B.J. Rosenberg. Beltre then singled, scoring Choo without a throw.
New Texas closer Joakim Soria (1-0) got the win with a perfect ninth inning in his season debut.
Mariners 8, Angels 3 Brad Miller hit two homers and Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball as Seattle beat Los Angeles again.
Justin Smoak hit a three-run double, while Abraham Almonte and Dustin Ackley also had RBI doubles as the Mariners followed up their 10-3 win on opening day with another surprising offensive barrage.
Seattle scored 16 runs in its first 15 innings of the year while beating Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, their AL West rivals' two best starters.
Wilson (0-1) labored into the sixth inning for the Angels, who are off to their first 0-2 start since 2001.